Broch Academy pupils prepare for Challenge

Alexander Stephen is one of the many Fraserburgh Academy pupils who will be taking part in the World Challenge next year.
Alexander Stephen is one of the many Fraserburgh Academy pupils who will be taking part in the World Challenge next year.

Pupils at Fraserburgh Academy are gearing up to take part in the annual World Challenge next year.

The academy pupils have been fund-raising for 14 months to allow them to travel to Thailand and Laos in south-east Asia to take part in the personal development challenge.

The aim of World Challenge is to encourage young people to develop life skills and independence as well as problem-solving and people skills.

The two teams from Fraserburgh Academy will consist of 10 and 14 pupils, with members taking it in turns to be team leader.

As part of their fund-raising for their incredible trip, Team 2 held a car boot sale on September 20 and the pupils are also collecting clothes through organisation called Bags 2 School.

The final date for collecting clothes is October 2 - and anyone who wishes to make a contribution can donate as many or as few items of clothing as they wish.

The trip will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for all involved, with the two teams due to visit beautiful sites such as Chiang Rai and Chang Mai.

While there, the pupils will be taking part in community activities and assisting impoverished people by building houses or fences.

All of the decisions on the expedition will be taken by the pupils themselves and the guides and teachers will be there purely for supervision.

Commenting, S6 pupil and Team 2 member and ambassador Alexander Stephen said: “This is a massive privilege to work with 12 brilliant other team members and it’s been an incredibly fun experience not only to raise the money but the organisation side of it as well. It’s been a great learning curve.

“The trip next year is going to be a culture shock. We’re away for a month and I think we’re going to miss home and our families but we know that at the end of it we’re going to come back better people.”